In a stunning display of offensive power, the seventh-seeded Fort Frances Angels rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to nab a 18-9 win over the ninth-ranked Sabaskong Tebinaak last night in a Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League Loser’s Side playoff matchup at the St. Francis Sports Field.
After a scoreless first inning, Jarrah Tom hit a sacrifice fly off Angels’ starter Rylee Redford in the second to open the scoring.
The Tebinaak then plated a trio of runs in the third to forge ahead 4-0.
But the Angels’ stagnant offence finally sparked to life in the bottom half on Tebinaak starter Candi Kelly-Arch.
Fort Frances plated three runs of its own to make it a one-run game.
But Sabaskong loaded the bases on Redford and scored a pair of runs in the fourth to go up 6-3.
Seemingly unphased, the Angels finally figured out Kelly’s pitches and had a bat-around frame of their own in the bottom half.
The Angels sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine runs–punctuated by a two-run homer and a two-run triple from Redford–to forge ahead 12-6.
Fort Frances then scored a pair of runs in the fifth before plating four in the sixth to cap its offence.
Redford hit her second homer of the game in the sixth.
A two-run single from the Tebinaak in the sixth and a Felicity Jack RBI double in the seventh trimmed it to 18-9, but that’s as close as Sabaskong would get.
Redford earned the pitching win while Kelly was tagged with the season-ending loss for the Tebinaak.
In other Loser’s Side games last night, the eighth-seeded Dawson Tigers eliminated the 10th-ranked Red Gut Babes from the playoffs with a narrow 13-10 win in Pinewood.
Alicia Anderson garnered the win over Alyssa Windigo.
And the fifth-seeded Big Grassy Lynx sent the last-place Manitou T-Birdies packing with a lopsided win.
Canadace Handorgan nabbed the win over Angel Medicine in that one.
Meanwhile, the first round of the six-team double-elimination Rainy River District Fastball League playoffs kicked off on Tuesday night.
In the East Division, the host Couchiching Raiders pounded out five home runs as they dumped the Northwest Bay Chieftains 15-6.
Chris and Faron Morrisseau both homered twice while Chad Smith also went yard for the Raiders.
Darren Smith hit a round-tripper in a losing cause for the Chieftains.
Mike Jourdain garnered the pitching win over Braden Smith.
The Manitou Thunderbirds forfeited their game to Windey’s Warriors.
Over in the West Division, Aidan Tom homered but it wasn’t enough as the Rainy River Royals dropped a 6-4 decision to the Stratton Eagles.
Guy Arpin nabbed the win over Myron Armstrong.
In an all-Sabaskong showdown, the Lakers outslugged the Goldeneyes 12-7.
Moddy Kelly hit an inside-the-park home run while James Yerxa earned the win for the Lakers.
Darryl Beacham suffered the loss for the Goldeneyes.
Tonight’s second-round West Division games will see the top-ranked Barwick Blue Knights hosting the Eagles while the second-seeded Dawson Tigers will battle the Lakers in Pinewood.
In the East, the top-ranked Braves will host the Raiders while the second-seeded Sight & Sound Wolves will host the Warriors.
All games will start at 7 p.m. (weather permitting).